Just a quick post today. Several people have asked me about my iron, so here goes. I am on my third Rowenta iron. The latest one started to spit a bit and I decided that I'd had enough of expensive Rowenta irons that just didn't seem to last so I looked for an alternative. The next to last died in the middle of a project and I ran to Jo Ann's and bought a new one. When you need it now, there is never much in the way of choice, at least not out here. At the time, and actually there is one going on now, there was a discussion about irons on Pattern Review. Gravity feed, versus steam generator. Enough people that I knew and respected, well internet buddies, liked the gravity feed iron. It has a large water reservoir that hangs above the iron, hence the gravity feed name. You will either have to put a hook in the ceiling or have something else to hang it on. It has to hang at least 3' above the iron. The iron is smaller than those that hold water and heavier too. This one weighs 5 pounds I think and it gives off lots of steam. I bought the Consew CES 300, one of the least expensive at $100. I don't recall where I bought it, but places like Atlanta Thread and Cleaners Supply sell them online. There are other places as well. You have to use it with a package of de ironizing granules and need to replace them when they turn all brown. They will not fix this one and I don't think that they sell parts, but I leave this on for hours when I am sewing and it's fine after over a year of use. It takes longer to heat up, about 5 minutes than your lighter household iron. If you have more money to spend there are some other brands that sell for about $300 and they do have parts available.
If you are tailoring with wool the amount of steam produced will make you never want to return to a household iron again.
Caveat. It comes with a silicone rest but if you leave it on for hours, the board you have it on will get hot. I put the silcone pad on a quarry tile for safety.
Would I buy one again? Yes, without a doubt.
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